Approximately 4,500 Votes Cast In Lawrence County Ahead Of Polls Opening Today

(LAWRENCE CO.) – Approximately, 4,500 votes have already been cast for this year’s Primary Election today in Lawrence County.

  • 3,133 Mail-In Ballots issued
  • 1,295 Early Voting at Courthouse Plaza and Mitchell Community Center
  • 75 Ballots issued by traveling board (Nursing Homes & Shut-ins)

The polls opened at 6 a.m. this morning for the 2020 Primary Election for Lawrence County voters.

Several candidates and their poll workers did last-minute pitches for votes at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

There are only four voting centers in this year’s primary.

“If we had all ten voting centers, there would be no way we could staff them,” said Billie Tumey in an earlier interview. “Those older individuals that normally staffed the polls decided not to volunteer this year.”

Tumey reported a new group of younger people decided to be a part of the election process this election and are ready for this year’s primary.

There are only four voting centers for this year’s election. The COVID-19 pandemic may affect voter turnout. There were only four voters waiting at Parkview Intermediate when polls opened this morning.

“The opening of the four voting centers was smooth, save for a few minor issues that were quickly resolved by Billie and staff,” said Heather dela Cruz, Voter Registration Clerk.

Workers at Needmore Elementary where all smiles as they work for their favorite candidates. Turnout was slow at this voting center.

“The Lawrence County Election Board has already been out visiting voting centers making sure things were running smoothly,” according to Cruz.

This morning three of the voting centers, which include the Lawrence County Courthouse, Needmore Elementary and Parkview Intermediate, reported a low voter turnout. At Parkview Intermediate there were only four voters waiting to cast their vote when the polls opened.

The busiest voting center was at the Mitchell Community Center.

The busiest voting center prior to Noon today was at the Mitchell Community Center which had a continuous amount of voters passing through. More than 245 voters had passed through the polls prior to 11 a.m. at that location, according to officials.

“All the Lawrence County Council candidates wished everyone good luck in a group text this morning,” said Robert Herr, a Lawrence County Council candidate.

All the candidates in this year’s election stated campaigning was difficult with the COVID-19 pandemic preventing in-person contact that normally accompanies an election.

No candidates or their workers were able to hand out literature or candy at the polls today.

Stay updated with complete election results after the polls close beginning at 6:30 p.m. on 1340 AM WBIW and at wbiw.com.

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